Or ... should I just have said no? I started out as a tutor in September and now have a modest five students: two KS1, two Year 6 and a Year 11. The year 11 boy's parents initially said they wanted him to have his basic literacy brought up to a higher standard but are now explicitly hoping for a C in English GCSE (he got an E in Nov, which is when they called me in). The year 6 girl's parents said much the same thing, also that they wanted her confidence improving (also English) but are now panicking about SATs and wanting her prepared for the test. I wish they'd asked me to help out earlier but they didn't so I'm doing the best I can! I do just get the feeling that people out there think that tutors can provide a miracle quick fix and I certainly can't. The older student is way behind ... I think my greatest achievement so far has been to get him to read a novel! I didn't make any rash promises, I know the subject (if not the mark scheme and standards for grades for KS 3 and 4, which I'm swotting up on) and I'm enthusiastic and encouraging ... but I feel as if I'm falling into a bottomless pit. I don't know where to start with these children as it seems so very late in the day. I worry that teaching to the test (which is what the parents are asking for) will further erode their confidence and fail to get them what they're paying for, too.